New York Skyports Seaplane Base

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New York Skyports Inc. Seaplane Base
Cessna at 23rd St Seaplane Base.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner New York City
Operator Donovan Withers
Serves New York City
Location New York City, United States
Hub for

Tailwind Air Service

Tropic Ocean Airways Seasonal Hub
Elevation AMSL 0 ft / 0 m
Coordinates 40°44′02″N 073°58′22″W / 40.73389°N 73.97278°W / 40.73389; -73.97278
Direction Length Surface
ft m
N/S 10,000 3,048 Water
Statistics (2007)
General Aviation 498
Airtaxi 498
Source: Airnav:[1]

New York Skyports Inc. Seaplane base (IATA: QNYFAA LID: 6N7) is a seaplane base on the lower East River in New York City, located at the foot of East 23rd Street between Waterside Plaza and Stuyvesant Cove Park. A seaplane ramp was constructed at East 23rd Street in the mid-1930s and the seaplane base became part of the marina that opened on April 18, 1962.[2][3]


There are no instrument approaches for this airport. Pilots must receive special training and be approved by a member of the North East Seaplanes Pilot's Association and are not permitted to fly over the Queensboro Bridge.[1]

Most operations at the seaplane base occur between May and September, when flights are made for weekend getaways to Fire Island and The Hamptons, although seaplanes can land throughout the year provided that there is no ice in the river.[4][5]

Airlines and destinations[edit]


Airlines Destinations
Tailwind Air Service Boston, East Hampton Airport, Nantucket, Montauk Airport, Washington–Dulles
Tropic Ocean Airways Seasonal: East Hampton Airport, Montauk Airport, Block Island Airport, Essex County Airport
StndAIR (Shoreline Aviation) Seasonal: East Hampton Airport, Tweed-New Haven Airport

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On July 5, 1976, a Cessna 185E crashed into a boat during takeoff. Although the aircraft suffered substantial damage, the pilot was uninjured.[6]
  • On July 12, 1998, a twin-engine seaplane flipped over after landing near East 29th Street and became submerged in the river. The pilot and two passengers escaped from the plane's emergency windows and were rescued by the police.[7]
  • On July 21, 2017, a Cessna 208 aborted takeoff due to mechanical failure and damaged a pontoon in a hard river landing. The pilot and nine passengers were rescued by a police vessel. One of the passengers was TV producer Bill Lawrence.[8]


  1. ^ a b "6N7 - New York Skyports Inc Seaplane Base". Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Seaplane Base Speeded; Mayor Reports to Chamber on New East River Project". The New York Times. February 12, 1936. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  3. ^ "$1,400,000 Marina Opened at 23D St". The New York Times. April 19, 1962. p. 62. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  4. ^ Schneider, Daniel B. (May 20, 2001). "F.Y.I." The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  5. ^ O'Donnell, Michelle (November 18, 2003). "Clear to Land, but Dodging East River Flotsam". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  6. ^ "NYC76FHJ24". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved 2013-06-02. 
  7. ^ Waldman, Amy (July 13, 1998). "3 Rescued From Seaplane After It Flips in River". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  8. ^ Ray, Esha; Keith, Ross; Macmillan, Thomas (July 21, 2017). "Ten people rescued after seaplane headed to Hamptons lands in East River". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 2017-07-21. 

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